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Question for the M/C riders #4808004
07/07/18 10:31 PM
07/07/18 10:31 PM
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USA
Reddy45 Offline OP
Reddy45  Offline OP
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Have any of you developed weird breathing habits as a result of riding?

When I'm not at highway speeds (< 65 MPH), I usually keep my visor up (with eye sunshade down) for airflow, and something about this has gradually caused me to develop a "hiccup" in my breathing pattern. The best way I can describe it is that my "breathe in" and "breathe out" are often interrupted halfway and it's like my diaphragm spasms to figure out what direction the air should flow. I guess the air funneling into my face while on the bike made it difficult to exhale so I must have been making subconscious adjustments to compensate.


It happened so gradually that I actually thought my childhood asthma had manifested itself, or that I have an irregular heartbeat. It finally clicked in my brain tonight while I was out for a ride.

To contrast -- when I'm exercising and breathing heavily, the "hiccup" doesn't occur, and in the morning when I wake up my breathing pattern seems fine. My pulse oximeter numbers are usually normal.

Seems like it happens during the daytime when I'm doing low-grade activities like cleaning up around the house or fiddling around in the garage.

Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808009
07/07/18 10:38 PM
07/07/18 10:38 PM
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Georgia
AVB Offline
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Georgia
I have never experienced that.

Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808057
07/08/18 12:29 AM
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Canada
Gixxer46 Offline
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Canada
Nope, never experienced that.


2013 Ram 1500 with a 4.7.

I use 0W-20 year round. I alternate between RP and Amsoil Signature series.
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808060
07/08/18 12:51 AM
07/08/18 12:51 AM
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faltic Offline
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nope


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Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808061
07/08/18 01:07 AM
07/08/18 01:07 AM
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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Nope


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Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808073
07/08/18 01:37 AM
07/08/18 01:37 AM
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Tasmania, Australia
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Tasmania, Australia
No


MY16 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 diesel, 51,000km - Castrol 5w30
2006 Ford Falcon 4.0, 135,000km - Penrite Vantage 15w40, Ryco filter
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808078
07/08/18 03:01 AM
07/08/18 03:01 AM
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New Zealand
Silk Offline
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Probably to do with what you are doing - sunshade down. I wear a scooter helmet when riding my scooter, it's an open face with a faceshield, there appear to be certain wind conditions that make breathing diffucult. Try no sunshade and sunglasses instead.


1987 BMW R65 - Penrite V Twin 20/50
2005 Nissan Expert - Gulf Western 10W-40
1996 Volvo T5 - Penrite HPR15 - 15W-60. Ryco syntec filter.
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808082
07/08/18 03:24 AM
07/08/18 03:24 AM
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Canada
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Originally Posted By: Reddy45

When I'm not at highway speeds (< 65 MPH), I usually keep my visor up (with eye sunshade down) for airflow, and something about this has gradually caused me to develop a "hiccup" in my breathing pattern.
....
Seems like it happens during the daytime when I'm doing low-grade activities like cleaning up around the house or fiddling around in the garage.


Considering it doesn't happen only on the bike, leads me to believe it's anxiety or stress related.
Something your suppressing and not come to terms with?

I have also noticed a difference in breathing when riding, but I full acknowledge that it's related to riding.
Just the sheer stress of all the possible NEGATIVE outcomes of things around me.
It comes and goes. I suppose it's just another reason why I'm considering selling.
coffee


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88 BMW 325is- Mistress
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808100
07/08/18 05:31 AM
07/08/18 05:31 AM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
Trav Offline
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
You turned yourself into a nose breather. Me too! After a lot of years and kilometers on a bike you tend to keep your mouth shut even in a full face if you tend to leave the visor up in town and at low speeds but it caused no permanent breathing issues.

You are possibly doing this subconsciously off the bike now because as you say during sleep no issues.
Try to become conscious of it and see.


ASE L1, Master. Deutsch Meisterbrief.
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808106
07/08/18 06:09 AM
07/08/18 06:09 AM
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Midwest USA
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Midwest USA
No, no changes to my breathing. I do however, always ride with the windscreen and chin bar assembly down and locked. Modular helmet.



'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808127
07/08/18 07:16 AM
07/08/18 07:16 AM
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Posts: 1,753
PA
123Saab Offline
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Try different helmets.

I wouldn't rule out adrenaline/stress either as mentioned before.

Can you monitor your heart rate while driving for a test?


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Those in high places be daunted
Those overlooked regarded
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Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808163
07/08/18 07:58 AM
07/08/18 07:58 AM
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Katy, Republic of Texas
blupupher Offline
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Katy, Republic of Texas
nope


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2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
1994 Honda VT1100: Peak 15w-40/PSL/2500 mile OCI

Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808179
07/08/18 08:21 AM
07/08/18 08:21 AM
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Kevil,Ky
vwmaniaman Offline
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Kevil,Ky
I rode MC's for nearly 40 years and the only time I breathed like that was when I was on a bike that was new to me and I wasn't completely at ease on it. If you don't ride often or it feels too big or heavy for you then sell it or trade it and get one you can be at ease on. My last one was a Goldwing 1500. I rode that one all over with my wife and was completly at ease on it even though it weighed in at 900lbs. I weighed 260 and am over 6feet tall. Before that I had a BMW 750/7. They are not all alike so try before you buy.


Don't waste your time on a slipshod repair.
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808206
07/08/18 09:11 AM
07/08/18 09:11 AM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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Kalifornia Kollective
Loose the full face helmet first. Go open face and sun glasses (or regular glasses if prescription). You can add a snap on visor if need be...

Helmets make a difference in breathing. Full face often feel claustrophobic and make me change breathing patters, not to your extent, but ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Question for the M/C riders [Re: Reddy45] #4808226
07/08/18 09:50 AM
07/08/18 09:50 AM
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South Carolina
alarmguy Offline
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South Carolina
Nope ... based on your comments on previous history you have some kind of condition which Im not saying is bad but is out of the norm.


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